Vermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk VeteransWaterbury, VT-The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Vermont a five year, $2.1 million grant to create an infrastructure project to serve veterans of all conflicts with trauma-spectrum illnesses, who are at risk or have already become involved with the criminal justice system.”Vermont’s veterans, who have so selflessly protected the liberties we all enjoy, deserve the most caring, compassionate services we can provide to them when they are in need,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Vermont has a proud tradition of providing these supports to our state’s veterans, and we are truly pleased that the federal government has recognized the quality of these services through their support of this new initiative.”The grant will support the creation of a statewide intergovernmental initiative intended to address the needs of Vermont veterans and other adults with trauma spectrum-illness who are involved in the criminal justice system through identification, screening and assessment, and diversion from the criminal justice system to evidence-based treatment and supports.During the project’s first three years, DMH will pilot its infrastructure and intervention model in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related illness and diverting an estimated 300 from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports. In years three through five, the project will progress toward statewide implementation, screening approximately an additional 24,500 adults and diverting roughly 525 to treatment. Over the grant term, about 38,500 adults will be screened and roughly 825 will be diverted to evidence-based care, resulting in increased access to trauma informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment and community supports for these veterans.”The Agency of Human Services is fully committed to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to comprehensive supports, particularly through our involvement with the Military, Family and Community Network and our promotion of the employment of veterans through our Division for Vocational Rehabilitation,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “This SAMHSA grant to our Department of Mental Health will enable us to leverage existing resources as we continue to help at-risk veterans achieve success and support successful community reintegration.””This grant will enhance current efforts by DMH, the Department of Corrections, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Division of the Health Department, and the Court Administrator to focus on better interventions for persons involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system,” added DMH Commissioner Michael Hartman. “Together with ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration and local veterans groups, this grant will help more veterans access valuable services and supports.”DMH and community partners are currently working out the details of a plan to implement these expanded services for veterans.#####
RAVICHANDRA Ashwin has reignited the spirit-of-cricket debate by running out non-striker Jos Buttler without bowling the ball. It turns out the dismissal was touch and go when it comes to being within the laws of the game.Running in to deliver the penultimate delivery of his final over, Ashwin stopped after entering his delivery stride. Buttler didn’t have his eye on the bowler and slipped out of the crease.As soon as he saw that, Ashwin simply turned around and broke the stumps at the non-strikers’ end with the batsman out of his crease. The decision was sent up to the third umpire, who didn’t need much time to send Buttler on his way.Rajasthan Royals’ Buttler had an unpleasant exchange with Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab captain, while the third umpire made his decision. He walked off angry, and was seen shouting in the general direction of one of the dugouts.Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin said of the incident: “Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.“I don’t understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it’s rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else. Neither was Jos Buttler playing there nor was I played so it’s very pertinent to just not compare two people..”This was not the first time Buttler had been run out backing up too far. On air in host broadcaster Star Sports’ “Dugout”, Kumar Sangakkara pointed out how, in a game against Sri Lanka in 2014, Buttler was run out in a similar fashion after two warnings by Sachithra Senanayake.The question here, though, was whether Buttler would have been inside his crease had Ashwin not stopped at the point of delivery.The updated law 41.16 says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”The wording “expected to release the ball” leaves room for subjectivity, which is where Ashwin’s assertion that he hadn’t even loaded becomes critical. If the bowler hadn’t even loaded, as Ashwin said, is it possible to estimate a time when he was “expected to release the ball”?Royals’ coach Paddy Upton, though, didn’t bother about the technicalities. He was miffed, and it showed in the press conference. “I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him, when I looked at his team-mates,” Upton said, “and I’m not sure it represented his team-mates.I think we’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of things they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we’re certainly here to play cricket and entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game.”Buttler was looking in control of the chase of 185 at that time, having scored 69 off 43. His wicket, though, triggered a collapse as hosts Rajasthan Royals lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose by 14 runs. Every wicket brought about loud boos from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium crowd.At the end of the match, Buttler shook Ashwin’s hand, but refused to look his way. Just behind Buttler, Upton seemed to have said something to Ashwin while shaking his hand, which made Ashwin stop in his tracks and give them a bemused look.“Part and parcel,” Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane said at the post-match presentation. “Sadly we are not allowed to comment on controversial issues. I am sure the match referee will take a call. We take these decisions sportingly.” (ESPN Cricinfo).
Correction: an earlier version of this story misstated Berkowitz’s advantage over Logan was 12 percentage points. Ethan Berkowitz entering the Dena’ina center after the 2018 election (Alaska Public Media – Zachariah Hughes)The majority of votes cast in Anchorage’s municipal election have been tallied. And while some races remain too close to call, a clear picture emerged Tuesday night on most of the candidates and measures.Listen nowIncumbent mayor Ethan Berkowitz [BERK-uh-wits] has a sizable lead over his main challenger. A major utility sale drew huge support. And a controversial measure on bathrooms looks likely to be rejected, although by a narrow margin.As the city implements its first vote-by-mail system, only about two-thirds of the total votes cast were tabulated Tuesday night, with more returns expected Wednesday evening.In the mayoral race, Berkowitz leads by about 22 percentage points – a wide margin. Still, he wasn’t yet ready to celebrate.“We’re waiting to see,” Berkowitz said Tuesday night in the Dena’ina Center. “There’s still a lot of votes out there to be counted. We feel good about where we are, but I want all the votes to be counted.”Berkowitz says his probable second term will be a continuation of policies he’s pursued the last three years. His administration has enjoyed an amiable relationship with the city’s 11-member assembly, which has leaned gradually more to the left from when Berkowitz first came into office.At her headquarters on election night, challenger Rebecca Logan was also not ready to declare the race over.“Without seeing precinct data and knowing what’s still out there to come in, it’s hard to really have an opinion,” Logan said after the early results had come in.Logan ran a campaign focused on crime and the economy, taking a more conservative approach than her opponent.While the clerk’s office estimates there are more than 26,000 ballots left to be counted, by Wednesday even conservative allies of Logan said it would be unlikely for those outstanding votes to change the preliminary results.Residents overwhelmingly approved the sale of city run electric utility Municipal Light and Power to Chugach Electric Association by a margin of two to one, green-lighting officials to begin negotiating final terms of the deal. Voters also opted for all seven bonds on the ballot from public school maintenance projects to park and road improvements.In school board races, Deena Mitchell and Elisa Snelling have commanding leads, with the contest between Alisha Hilde and Tasha Hotch still too close to call, separated by just a few hundred votes.Mitchell, a first-time candidate who has been an advocate for public education with the group Great Alaska Schools, plans to use her position to ensure programming is protected in Anchorage schools, even as funds diminish.“We also need to make sure that our students who are under-achieving are lifted,” Mitchell said Tuesday night. “With the flat funding that we’re seeing, it’s going to be challenging to make sure every dollar works as hard as it can.”Proposition 1, an effort led by a conservative faith-based advocacy group to regulate bathrooms by a person’s biological sex at birth rather than self-identified gender appears to be failing. However, with a difference of 3,884 votes, or around eight percent of ballots cast, the early results are too close to be definitive.According to campaign disclosures filed with the state, the campaign against Prop 1 attracted $826,364 worth of contributions, much of it from advocacy groups outside of Alaska who say the measure would discriminate against transgender residents. Locally, a coalition of groups called Fair Anchorage spent more than a year organizing to defeat the proposition.“I was surprised by the results, and continue to be surprised by how Anchorage voters have stepped up and denied discrimination from coming back into Anchorage, and hope that the results will hold,” said Kati Ward, campaign manager for Fair Anchorage.Voter turn-out is on track to break a new record, with the Clerk’s office forecasting more than 76,000 ballots ultimately returned, or around 35 percent of the city’s electorate. Increasing participation was one of the major reasons the city switched to a mail-based system.